Mary Muir Hand


Mary [Muir Hand]


[John Muir]


[in margin: Did you receive the childrens photos that Willis sent you some time ago?]


weather I can scarcely realize that there can be so great a difference as [winter?] has always brought so many cold days for me but I rather enjoy winter up here notwithstanding the frosts.___________ We are all well - Phillips has had quite a number of cases of diptheria during the past year _ causing ten or twelve deaths._

With much love to you and Louie I remain, Aff- your Sister Mary


[written on stationary with printed birds with nest on branch motif]


Phillips, Wis Dec. 21. /84

Dear Brother John

It is a very long time since I wrote to you. I scarcely know why but I feat I do not amount to much to any one as a correspondent.

Thinking back I realize that I have never even written you my thanks for the beautiful present you sent me by Willis

And another thing I realize - that is - that


we have failed to see you as we had hoped Are we all to be dis- appointed or will you come unannounced? _ Or do you fear the cold weather _ _ I long to see you and shall keep on hoping that a glad time will finally come that will bring you to us or us to you.

A letter from Annie informed me that you were not feeling well_ I trust you are well [illegible] this. And how is your little Wanda? I should like to make

[3] the acquaintance of your dear ones. Will that pleasure ever come?

The holidays are close by again and with all a sisters love I send you greetings.

The winter has been quite severe [It?] is not cold at present but last week it was very very cold [then?] and eight or ten inches of snow. Snow came before the ground was much frozen so there is little or no [frost?] in ground. [illegible] you are having pleasant


Phillips, Wis

Date Original

1884 Dec 21


Original letter dimensions: 18.5 x 22 cm.

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File Identifier

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Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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